Consistent Way to Clear Notifications in Big Sur?

macOS and Mac Apps

Does anyone know how to easily clear notification that show up in notification center on Big Sur?
VoiceOver sometimes sees the clear button, but sometimes it doesn't especially when multiple notifications stacked from one app.
I was hoping for 11.3 to fix the problem, but it seems the same.



Submitted by PaulMartz on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

This morning, I received the 11.3 update notification. It's quite distracting and difficult to do anything reliably while it's on the desktop. If focus is not on the notification, you can jump there with VO+O. Once it has focus, select it with VO+Spacebar.

While that gets rid of the notification, for me it had the unwanted side effect of opening System Preferences, Software Update. I left this open. At least it behaves like a normal window and is unobtrusive, and I might decide to select the Update Now button later today.

Submitted by James L on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

In reply to by PaulMartz

Thanks for the reply, but I meant clearing notification in general, not specifically for system update notification.
If you have multiple notifications in the notification center, sometimes VO doesn't see clear button even if you interact with each notification item.

Submitted by Zack on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

I've had success clearing notifications and interacting with them in general using the VO action menu, vo-command-space.

Hope this helps.